spolia opima

[spoh-lee-uh oh-pahy-muh, -pee-; Latin spaw-li-ah aw-pee-mah]

plural noun

(in ancient Rome) the arms taken by a victorious general from the leader of a defeated army.

Origin of spolia opima

From the Latin word spolia opīma rich spoils
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